“Enough is enough,” Khadijah wrote in a news release. “I have no choice but to ask a fair and independent judge to stop these rogue actions by my colleagues. I don’t know if a commissioner has ever had to sue his/her colleagues, but I will not stand for these officials to continually violate my rights as a citizen and my ability to perform my constitutional duties as an elected official.”
These lawsuits continue an ongoing feud between the county and Abdur-Rahman — along with Kelly and Rick Blalock, who runs Abdur-Rahman’s communications part time. Blalock is running for the open District 1 seat.
Commissioners in March voted to bar county employees from running for the commission to “avoid the potential for unfair advantage, conflict of interest, impropriety, or appearance of the same.” They claimed that applied to Kelly and Blalock.
The men took their fight to court, where Abdur-Rahman testified in their favor. A judge then initially ruled the men could keep their jobs while pursuing office. After that ruling, commissioners in mid-April passed a law barring any future employees from running for the Board of Commissioners.
Arrington, just before he entered executive session, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he learned about the lawsuit when the AJC reached out to him for comment.
“Just like his campaign, it’s frivolous,” Arrington said of the Kelly lawsuit.
The lawsuit includes social media posts of Arrington opposing Kelly’s candidacy, saying he doesn’t live in Fulton. That issue was investigated by District Attorney Fani Willis to see if Kelly lied under oath when he qualified as a Fulton resident to run for office.
The concern has also been addressed by the courts but remains active despite a judge’s decision Tuesday to not continue the claim that Kelly lives in Fayette County.
“I believe this whole investigation was to just muddy the waters,” Kelly told the AJC.
Arrington views it as something else: “He has the audacity to sue Fulton County when he knows that he lives in Fayette County.”
The cases now must make their way through the legal system as voters continue to cast their ballots.
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